Santa Cruz Island

Sep 22, 2017 - National Geographic Islander


Today we awoke at Puerto Ayora, where we visited the Charles Darwin Research Station and saw the captive breeding program of giant tortoises. Afterwards, we spent some time walking through the town before boarding buses to head up to the highlands, where we saw lava tunnels, and a coffee and sugar cane farm. For lunch we went to a giant tortoise reserve, where we saw the dome-shaped morph type of tortoise. The saddle-shaped morph type tortoises are the kind that we saw at the Station.

After lunch, we walked the fields to mingle with these giant herbivores before starting our journey back to the ship. Back in town, we had time for shopping, and after dinner, we were treated to a music and dance concert by local musicians. 

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Fabian Bucheli

Naturalist

Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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